First up is a film that has divided opinion at the Cannes film festival but is undoubtedly pretty unique. The entire film is filmed in one continuous shot following a girl called Sarah and her father in a haunted house. As a fan of Blair Witch and Paranormal Activity this is something that I’m certainly looking forward to. It currently has a release date of April 6th.
"Real fear in real time".
The Silent House
Midnight In Paris
This is Woody Allen’s latest film which is set for release May 20th. It stars Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Michael Sheen, Adrien Brody, Kathy Bates and many, many more names. I’ve been impressed with Allen’s latest films, especially Whatever Works which I thought was hilarious so I think this should be good. Owen Wilson has a LOT of explaining to do since “How Do You Know” and hopefully this will redeem him, but I do think he is a strange choice for this director. The trailer starts off as your standard Allen comedy but then it goes somewhere else, and I like where it’s going.
The second trailer for the incredible looking Your Highness has gone up this week, it is a restricted trailer due to all that nasty language and probably Natalie Portman’s exposed bum. Look at you all instantly go to watch that one. Dirty, dirty. If you haven’t seen the first trailer I suggest you do that first, it is longer.
"We aim to kill the magical cocksucker"
Last up is another horror, this one is from the director of Saw 2, 3 and 4 but don’t let that you put you off. The first minute of this trailer all I could think of was that AWFUL Jim Carrey film, Number 13 (remember how awful that was??) but then the trailer got a little bit creepy and looks like it could be quite interesting. On the 11th day of the 11th month of 2011 another entity travels through the 11th gate to our world. Oooooh, 11.
After an actor dropped out of playing the wandering stoner Justin in the 2002 horror film Cabin Fever, director Eli Roth stepped in to play the role and I’m pretty sure it was the best decision he made. This clip is the highlight of that awesome film.
One of the greatest lines ever delivered in a film, and that is in no way an exaggeration.
Oh look, some weirdo started a Facebook page for this line…how lame, ah well may as well Like it here
“Peter Gibbons: So I was sitting in my cubicle today, and I realized, ever since I started working, every single day of my life has been worse than the day before it. So that means that every single day that you see me, that’s on the worst day of my life. Dr. Swanson: What about today? Is today the worst day of your life? Peter Gibbons: Yeah. Dr. Swanson: Wow, that’s messed up.”—
Thought I would share this awesome book with you. This week I recieved my copy of Rat Catching by Crispin Hellion Glover, one of my favourite actors.
The book is quite strange but stunning to look at, Glover has taken a book that has fallen in to the public domain and added text, illustrations and blanked out words to create his own. The original text is 1896 book called Studies in the ‘Art of Rat Catching’. I was delighted to find that when I opened it, it was signed.
If you are not familiar with Crispin Glover you’ll probably have seen many of his films but may not have realised it. He’s biggest role is George McFly in Back to the Future or The Thin Man in Charlies Angels. He’s also popped up in Alice In Wonderland and Hot Tub Time Machine, but these are certainly not his greatest films. For me his roles in Rubin and Ed, Willard and Bartleby are his greatest acting achievements. Along with acting though he has written around 30 books, Rat Catching is the only one I own but the collection will grow.
For me, my favourite thing about Crispin is he does big budget features like Alice and Charlies Angels* to fund his own independent films. At the moment he has directed two films of a trilogy he is working on. The first, called “What Is It?”, has a cast of people with Downs Syndrome, it deals with a man’s inner and outer struggles and is notoriously surreal and hard to watch. His second, “It Is Fine.
Everything Is Fine!” is written by Steven C Stewart a man who suffers from cerebral palsy. Stewart was confined to a nursing home for ten years but after leaving he wrote “Everything Is Fine!” and Crispin spent the money from Charlie’s Angels funding the production. These are all distributed by his own company (along with his books) Volcanic Eruptions. They are not available to watch unless you go to one of his screenings as he often tours with them, during the screenings he also does a reading of his books (Rat Catching and What It Is And How It Is Done) then does a Q&A. These evenings have been known to go on for hours, but he stays to the end to meet everyone and chat.
His passion for film, art and his fans is really amazing and refreshing, it makes me love an actor more when they show genuine love for what they do and it’s not purely for money to line their own pockets.
Check out Crispin’s eccentric style in a clip of one of his readings here:
*When interviewed by Mark Kermode, Dr K quipped “You mean you didn’t work with Mc G for artistic reasons?” God love him.
The trailer for the new romantic comedy “Friends With Benefits” went up this week and as it looks alright (I did lol at the random Closing Time singing by JT) this format is a little tired…wasn’t there one out with Ashton Kutcher out with the exact same storyline? Hmmm…
This isn’t new and is actually out now but I have not posted the trailer. I’m pretty eager to see this film, it is written and directed by Richard Ayoade and from the trailer I’m getting a Wes Anderson vibe. Nice and quirky and I love it when a British film isn’t packed with “famous faces”. The film follows a 15 year old boy trying to lose his virginity and stop his parents from splitting up.
A new trailer for Bridesmaids has also gone up this week and it’s looking better, I think this could be a great comedy for the summer.
It’s pretty impossible for me to go anywhere that might remotely sell DVDs without buying one. It’s quite bad really. Today I found this unbelievable bargain of Waitress for just £2.99 in Matalan, which has some great finds DVD wise.
If you have never seen this film I would highly reccomend it. For me personally it’s one of Nathan Fillion’s greatest roles.
The film centres around Jenna Hunterson (Keri Russell) trapped in a violent, intense marriage. Her dreams of leaving the town she grew up in to open her own pie shop are stifled by her overpowering husband Earl (Jeremy Sisto). When she falls pregnant she is less than over joyed but meets her new doctor Jim Pomatter (Nathan Fillion) who gives her love and attention like she has never had before. But her ultimate happiness is found in the most unlikely of places.
I think this is a really underrated film that has some great performances from all the cast. What makes it special are the supporting characters, especially Jenna’s two friends Dawn (Adrienne Shelly) and Becky (Cheryl Hines) who are comical but tender as well.
Adrienne Shelly also directed this beautiful film which should have launched her directing career, sadly she died before the films release.
I don’t want you to save me. I don’t need to be saved.
So there you go, one of my favourites and you know where it is cheap. Now get going and buy it too.
I’ve recently written some short summaries of films for the Total Film website. It would be most excellent if you could click on the pictures below and “like” or “retweet” them depending on your social network of choice, I would really appreciate this. It makes me look very popular and that’s always nice. You can see I may have gone for a bit of a theme with the ones I’ve chosen.
This is JJ Abrams new film about a group of children who accidentally catch a big train crash on film while making their own zombie movie. After the crash mysterious things start happening.
From the trailer I got this weird “Goonies” vibe, as it’s produced by Spielberg that’s not that surprising. I don’t know if anyone else sees where I’m coming from with that? Anyway I think it looks really excellent so far.
Look I’m not just here to show you super awesome looking films, I’m also here to highlight the shit storm of terror that is about to hit us…and it’s blue. As it says in the trailer, this is real and this is HAPPENING. Thank god I don’t have kids.
OK, back to some potentially good stuff. I read about this film a long time ago, it seemed they kept recruiting these awesome people to this film and I was dying to see some sort of trailer. Well it came this week and I think it looks not too shabby, in fact pretty funny at times. Yeah there’s a definite Kick Ass influence, but it’s definitely got its own vibe. It stars the AMAZING Rainn Wilson, Ellen Paige, Liv Tyler and Nathan Fillion (omg swoon) and it’s also written and directed by James Gunn so you know it’s going to be good.
I think this trailer may have been around a couple of weeks but I missed it and I have to say I think it looks really funny. We of course may be seeing all the funny bits in this one trailer and I know it’s another bloody remake but so what, I do enjoy Russell Brand.
And that’s all for now. Except I’ll leave you with this Charlie Sheen Star Wars mash up. Everyone’s gone Charlie Sheen mad, yeah yeah he has TIGER BLOOD, but did we forget he beat up his wife? Whatever I guess this IS funny.
“Mick: Well, we weren’t in hell! I mean, there was this bright white light at the end of a long tunnel, right, and there was these chicks’ voices, and that music… Anton: Music? Pnub: Yeah, kinda uncool music, like, Enya. And these chicks’ voices…they were saying, “Come to us, come towards the light”. Anton: So what happened? Mick: We figured, fuck it. I mean, it was really far.”—
Another week and a few more new trailers have surfaced. Here’s a couple to keep you going.
Based on an Italian Graphic Novel, Dylan Dog is the story of a paranormal investigator in Louisianna hunting out the bad undead and evil creatures and what have you. It has Brandon Routh in it which is a big yes in my book and also Sam Huntington who you will know from Fanboys and Detraoit Rock City, he will bring the comedy side kickness to the film. Actually looks pretty good to me.
Water for Elephants
A new trailer for this average looking Robert Pattinson film popped up today. Can’t say it does much for me, having Christoph Waltz in it does help but he’s playing another evil baddy. Shock horror. Pattinson plays a young man grieving after the death of his parents, leaving his studies at vetinary school he joins a travelling circus.
Now this looks like my kind of film! The first part of this trailer is a little misleading as it is a slasher film. It looks like Scream meets The breakfast Club with a sprinkling of Prom Night.
Attack The Block
Last up is a British film written and directed by Joe Cornish of Adam and Joe fame. It’s all about an alien invasion on a council estate in London, a team of teens and locals defend their home. It stars Nick Frost.